“Unquestionably in the very top flight of Wagnerians anywhere”
“cette belle wagnérienne”
Alwyn Mellor made her debut at Seattle Opera in 2013 as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre alongside Greer Grimsley, Stephanie Blythe, Stuart Skelton and Daniel Sumegi in Stephen Wadsworth’s production conducted by Asher Fisch: “Seldom has the Valkyrie’s famous calling card sounded so opulently secure: no vague swoops or screeches, just thrillingly accurate quality,” – The Seattle Times.
Mellor followed with the same role in Siegfried and Gotterdämmerung: Described by The Vancouver Sun as “the high point of an impressive cast – a real triumph” and by Opera as “an athletic, nuanced and feminine portrayal.” This performance is now available on Avie CD.
She received outstanding reviews for her début performances as Chrysothemis Elektraopposite Susan Bullock for the Canadian Opera Company in 2007, Opera Magazine writing that she “…recalled none other than Leonie Rysanek.” Her return to the role in 2008 with Opera North, again opposite Susan Bullock, led to The Guardian describing her as “…the superlative Chrysothemis…”whilst The Sunday Times described her as a “thrilling, sensuous Chrysothemis.” In Summer 2010, she made her début as Brünnhilde Die Walküre for Longborough Festival Opera: “… Alwyn Mellor’s Brünnhilde – bold and brazen in her whooping war-cries, warmly eloquent in her summons to Siegmund and her pleading with Wotan,” – The Daily Telegraph.
In Summer 2011, she made critically acclaimed débuts as Isolde Tristan und Isolde for Grange Park Opera with Richard Berkeley-Steele as Tristan, conducted by Stephen Barlow “Possessing the amplitude and genuine vocal resources of a Wagnerian soprano”, wrote The Sunday Telegraph; and as Brünnhilde Siegfried for Longborough Festival Opera with Daniel Brenna as Siegfried, conducted by Anthony Negus: “sung magnificently,” wrote The Times.
In 2011 / 2012, she repeated this role for Den Nye Opera with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Christian Franz conducted by Kent Nagano: “I was moved to tears by Alwyn Mellor’s magnificent Brünnhilde, as steady and sure as Flagstad”, wrote Hort, and with Oper Leipzig and Stefan Vinke conducted by Ulf Schirmer, as well as making débuts as Brünnhilde Götterdämmerung with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Christian Franz conducted by Kent Nagano: “Brünnhilde’s great, summing up closing scene was magnificently interpreted by Alwyn Mellor”, wrote the Göteborgs-Posten; and as Sieglinde Die Walküre for Opera North with Kelly Cae Hogan, Katerina Karnéus, Béla Perencz and Erik Nelson Werner, conducted by Richard Farnes: “You’d be lucky to hear as good at Bayreuth,” wrote The Daily Telegraph.
During 2012 / 2013, she made debuts at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as Gerhilde Die Walküre conducted by Philippe Jordan, and at the the Opéra national de Paris as Brünnhilde Die Walküre / Siegfried with Torsten Kerl, Thomas Johannes Mayer, Egils Silins, Sophie Koch, Stuart Skelton and Martina Serafin conducted by Philippe Jordan: “…she nailed her top Cs with thrilling precision, which brought the evening to a triumphant conclusion” wrote Opera News.
Her debut at Washington National Opera as Isolde Tristan und Isolde with Clifton Forbis, Wilhelm Schwinghammer, Elizabeth Bishop and James Rutherford conducted by Philippe Augin was described by the Wagner Society of New York as “volcanic” and her debut as Minnie La Fanciulla del West at Opera North of which Opera wrote that whilst her “soprano is capable of Wagnerian thrills” that “when she cut back her tone with supreme restraint, it was genuinely moving.” She returned to Seattle in 2014 for Speight Jenkins’ Farewell Gala and will sing Senta Der fliegende Holländer in 2016. In addition to her debut at Florentine Opera, her current engagements include Senta Der fliegende Holländer, Brünnhilde Götterdämmerung and Mahler Symphony No. 4 for Opera North, debuts at Symphony Hall, Boston, as Brünnhilde Siegfried and at the Opéra national de Bordeaux as Isolde Tristan und Isolde conducted by Paul Daniel as well as Britten’s War Requiem at the Snape Maltings.
Born in Lancashire, Alwyn Mellor studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, and, supported by the Peter Moores Foundation, in Italy and Russia. She began her career at Welsh National Opera, with whom she has enjoyed a fruitful collaboration in a variety of roles, most recently in the title role of Tosca and as Senta Der fliegende Holländer. She sang three seasons at Santa Fe Opera and other opera companies with whom she has appeared include the Canadian Opera Company, Chelsea Opera Group, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Opera Ireland and Opera North.
In concert, Alwyn Mellor has appeared with orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the CBSO, the Hallé, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Manchester Camerata, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at venues such as the Cardiff, Edinburgh and Three Choirs Festivals, as well as internationally with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy, the Orquesta Simfonica de Barcelona, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductors with whom she has worked include Martin André, Howard Arman, Mark Elder, Richard Hickox, Christopher Hogwood, Emmanuel Krivine, Charles Mackerras, Marc Minkowski, Nicholas McGegan, Sakari Oramo, Antonio Pappano, Victor Pablo Pérez, Vasily Petrenko, Carlo Rizzi, Donald Runnicles, Gerard Schwarz and Mark Wigglesworth.